YMMV: The Heroic Legend of Arslan

  • Fanon Discontinuity: The last two episodes of the OVA are often regarded a being this, for having significantly lower production values than the previous four.
  • Fridge Brilliance: During the duel against Bahadur, Daryun chose the sword instead of his Weapon of Choice, the spear. However, a sword would be more useful and convenient in a close combat fight, even when broken, as seen when Daryun used the broken sword to stab Bahadur.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Aaron Dismuke as Arslan and Vic Mignogna as Silvermask With the reveal that they're distant relatives. Back in Fullmetal Alchemist, the two were casted as the Elric Brothers.
  • Ho Yay: Darun and Arslan have quite a few moments, especially in the early OVAs, and their relationship could be easily interpreted as a sort of Bodyguard Crush. There's also Darun and Narsus who used to be best friends before Narsus was expelled from the court, and now play Vitriolic Best Buds to each other.
    • It doesn't help (or does, depending on your point of view...) that many of anime character designer Kamimura Sachiko's fantasy characters look exactly the same as her Arslan characters, down to their costumes... and she's done a number of BL novel illustrations. At one point she actually had to clarify at her website that the couple in a picture are, despite all appearances, not Darun and Arslan. (She wasn't very convincing.)
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Arslan, there's Daryun x Arslan, Elam x Arslan, Etoile x Arslan, Narsus x Arslan, Rajendra x Arslan, and others.
  • Narm: In episode 12, when Daryun saves Arslan from death at the hands of a sorcerer, he suddenly increases his speed in a way that makes it look like he is running in fast motion. The fact that when he does this, Daryun also totally destroys all the people in his way makes the scene (which was supposed to be serious) comical.
  • Spiritual Licensee: The story can be largely boiled down into "a young white-haired royal in exile trying to build an army to reclaim their throne, while learning to be a good ruler along the way via their True Companions Ragtag Bunch of Misfits," even dealing with the socio-political impacts of slavery. Are we talking about Arslan, Daenerys Targaryen, or Young Griff/Aegon VI? Interestingly, Arslan Senki was written a decade earlier than A Game of Thrones.
  • Values Dissonance: One of an In-Universe variety: (1) Lusitania's religious war against other nations is the main source conflict within the continent of the story; (2) Arslan struggles against his own country's tradition of slavery; (3) Etoile is a good person despite the religious bigotry; and (4) Gieve hates mindless servitude, while Elam actually wants to work for Narsus. Narsus sums it all up rather nicely in a speech suggesting how morals are like the multitude of stars within the universe, numerous and trying to outshine each other.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Etoile, who has large eyes and rather pronounced eyelashes, looks more like a girl crossdressing as a boy. While this is the case in the original renditions of the story, in the manga and TV anime adaptations Etoile's gender has been swapped to male, leading to this. Episode 20 of the TV anime clears up any confusion of Etoile's gender, revealing that Etoile is a girl.